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Danielle L. Jensen Books In Order

Publication Order of Malediction Trilogy Books

Stolen Songbird (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hidden Huntress (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warrior Witch (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Broken Ones (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Danielle L. Jensen is a Canadian author with degrees in finance and English literature. Danielle specializes in fantasy.

+Biography

Danielle L. Jensen was born in Calgary in Alberta, Canada. The author never really left. She was raised in Calgary and eventually found a residency with her partner and daughters in the same area.

Danielle did not always have her eyes set on writing fantasy. In fact, Danielle had no plans to be a writer. That is where many authors typically start. When questioned, a notable number will speak of all the hours they spent as children planning the publishing careers they would eventually pursue.

That wasn’t Danielle’s story. Yes, she was an avid reader. But writing and publishing were not in her plans. Instead, the author saw fit to get a Bachelor of Commerce from a Calgary university. And the decision paid off, with Danielle L. Jensen eventually scoring work in the Oil and Gas industry.

It isn’t clear whether or not Danielle harbored a passion for writing. What is clear is that, when a friend encouraged Danielle to write a novel, she did just that. Danielle will admit that she didn’t think much of the task; though, like most authors, she found that writing had its challenges.

None the less, Danielle persevered despite the difficulty of her task, focusing her efforts on romance novels, which is what her friend suggested she write. Danielle will be the first to tell you that everything she produced during those earlier years was terrible.

And somehow, all the romance stories she wrote kept going the way of fantasy, which is a genre that Danielle loves. It took a lot of effort for the author to work out some of the kinks in her stories. She chose to work in secret, using her free time to put her ideas on paper but choosing to tell no one of her plans.

By the time Danielle told every one of her goals, her first manuscript was almost done. Query letters began to fly out in 2009. If Danielle thought that writing a book was a challenge, she quickly realized how much more difficult it was to get anyone to read it.

Despite the lackluster responses she was getting, Danielle wasn’t ready to give up because now she knew she wanted to be a writer. And the author took steps to cement her dreams, choosing to go back to university to get a degree in English.

Because her dreams of writing where not exactly paying the bills at the time, Danielle had to take a job as a waiter to meet her financial needs. The journey was brutal. Not only was Danielle going to school full-time but she had to use her nighttime to work. Finding the time to write was no easy task.

Fortunately, Danielle’s efforts were rewarded when she graduated from Mount Royal University in 2012. Mere months after that, Danielle’s first novel, a young adult book, attracted interest; the book wouldn’t be ready for a while, with Danielle making many more revisions than she expected.

By 2013, Danielle’s book had found a home. A year later, it finally hit the shelves, paving the way for Danielle L. Jensen’s writing career.

+Stolen Songbird

Cecile de Troyes is the only hope the trolls have for freedom, but she doesn’t know it just yet. When she first arrives at their abode beneath the mountain, the only thing Cecile can think about is escaping.

However, she quickly learns that the trolls are hardly fools. In fact, they are not only strong and fast but quite clever. And even if she was really so determined to escape, she cannot help but start to sympathize with their plight.

The trolls have been living beneath the mountain since a curse bound them to the place centuries ago. With a rebellion on the horizon, it soon occurs to Cecile that she might have the power to break their curse.

This book does everything possible to distance itself from other Young Adult novels, and it more or less succeeds. It all sounds familiar, what with Cecile coming off as just another special girl with an amazing destiny, but things are not so simple.

When Cecile is introduced she is simply a poor girl that wants to make it as a singer. Her plans are waylaid when she is kidnapped because she fits the description of a girl with a sizable bounty on her head.

It is here that she learns of the existence of trolls and their kingdom. She also learns that she is to marry one of the trolls in some attempt to break a curse. Of course, Cecile wants nothing to do with the arrangement. Lucky for her, the troll she is expected to marry doesn’t want her either.

Unfortunately for them both, neither one has a say in the matter. What eventually ensues is a series of entertaining adventures. Cecile could have been just another Mary Sue, but Danielle L. Jensen decides to make her just another normal girl.

Danielle could have also bombarded readers with another insufferable love triangle. But she doesn’t. The author keeps things fresh.

+Hidden Huntress

Cecile is back on her feet, recovered from her injuries and spending her nights on the Opera stage wowing her fans. But that is only by night. The day normally finds Cecile delving into all forms of magic as she attempts to find the witch the trolls have been hunting for ages.

However, Cecile’s prey is no fool.

Unlike the first book which spends a lot of time in Trollus, the home of the trolls, this one spends way too much time in Trianon, the human world. Unfortunately, the humans and their world are not as interesting as their troll counterparts.

Some of the magic of the first book is lost here. Even the scenes with Tristan are not as interesting because his time in Trollus is spent tackling his problems, this as opposed to exploring all the magic the Troll kingdom has to offer

The plot also drags somewhat. Cecile and Tristan’s relationship was probably the strongest aspect of this book. Their scenes are where Danielle L. Jensen’s writing shines best.

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